Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

Cost + Deadlines

Please note: these deadlines are specific to the Summer Institute and vary from those listed on the Summer Sessions website. Most Summer Sessions deadlines do not apply to Summer Institute participants.


Deadline Domestic Students  International Students
Online Application Opens December 15, 2021 same
Financial Aid Request Deadline April 1 same
Online Application Deadline May 15, 2022 May 1, 2022
Deadline for International Students to Submit VSIS form and I-20 Documents N/A May 20
Cancellation Deadline for Full Refund* June 7 same
Withdrawal Deadline for Summer Session Fee Refund Only** July 7 same
Program Begins July 5 same
Program Ends August 15 same

* Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a full refund of the CED program fee and all Summer Sessions fees, minus a $100 cancellation fee. (For international students, the $330 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.) The CED program fee will be non-refundable, and no partial refunds will be issued should a student withdraw from the program or drop a class after this deadline.

** Contact the CED Summer Programs Office to cancel your enrollment by this date and you will receive a refund of all Summer Sessions fees, minus a withdrawal fee. (For international students, the $330 I-20 Processing Fee is non-refundable.)


Course Cancellation and Refund Policy

CED reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrollment for a full refund, and to withdraw or modify course offerings.


Summer Institute Tuition and Fees*

Student Profile Total Cost (approximate)
Visiting Student, domestic $4,500
Visiting Student, international $7,063

Tuition and Fees cover:

  • access to Computer Labs
  • licenses for required software
  • a CalNet ID card for access to all University facilities
  • print card
  • some materials and supplies
  • catered welcome and commencement events
  • Clipper Card for free transportation on all Alameda County buses
  • most transportation to and from site visits

Students are responsible for their own housing, meals, any additional supplies, and computer. Students should expect to spend an additional $250-300 on printing and materials.

*Fees may be subject to change.

Financial Aid

A small handful of need-based stipends are available to accepted students. Applicants will have the opportunity to request a stipend while filling out the program application. Program applications must be submitted before April 1 in order to be eligible for consideration for a stipend. 


Summer Institute program participants are strongly encouraged to live on campus, though this is not required. Students already living in the Bay Area may opt to commute to the Institute as a day program. Non-local students have several options for housing, some of which include meals. The following links will give you an idea of housing costs in the Berkeley area.

  • We highly recommend Berkeley Student Co-op housing
  • International House: only a five-minute walk from Wurster Hall, International House has rooms available in the summer and they also offer meals. 
  • UC Berkeley dorms: Berkeley Residence Halls often have available rooms for visiting students during the summer sessions.
  • Cal Rentals: this subscription service is set up specifically to help summer student visitors find sublets around campus. Email them after March 1 to request their Summer Housing Bulletin.
  • CED Summer Programs Facebook Page: incoming Institute students use this page to trade house-hunting tips and share leads (by invitation only).
  • Berkeley Lab Guest House: located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus, guests can access the UC Berkeley campus via shuttle bus, car, bicycle, or foot. It offers standard, large, and studio rooms.
  • Craigslist: many summer students find sublets in the neighborhood - keep in mind that many more options become available during the summertime.
  • Summer Sessions maintains a list of non-UC affiliated housing options.

PLEASE NOTE: UC Berkeley's summer Residence Halls fill up fast. Residency priority is given to Institute students who apply early in the spring.